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As of July 16, 2020, seven different contractors have filed seven mechanics liens totaling $11.2M million against a project at the Drive Shack golf entertainment complex in New Orleans, LA. The seven liens list 3800 Howard Investors, LLC as the property owner, with Drive Shack New Orleans, LLC leasing the property. While the New Orleans Drive Shack is still under construction, the company currently operates in four locations between Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia. All…
As of July 2, 2020, at least four mechanics lien claims have been filed against the Oceanwide Center mixed-use project in San Francisco, CA, totaling $48 million in unpaid construction work, according to the lien affidavits. The entire project includes properties that stretch from two perpendicular streets in San Francisco along Mission Street and First Street. Including the general contractor, three contractors have placed liens on the Oceanwide Center project owned by Oceanwide Center, LLC.…
After sitting on Governor Brian Kemp’s desk for over a month now, Senate Bill 315 aimed at amending the laws governing Georgia’s lien waiver rules have finally been enacted. This bill represents a huge win for contractors, subs, and suppliers operating in the state of Georgia. It will make significant changes to the lien waiver process that will help protect contractors and suppliers retain their rights to recover the money they’ve earned. Here’s everything you…
A mechanics lien is the single most powerful tool for recovering payment in the construction industry. But securing, perfecting, and enforcing your lien rights can be a tedious task. Attention to details is crucial, and Florida lien laws are no exception. This is particularly true when your claim is contested by the owner. Claimants will be forced to file an action or show good cause for failing to foreclose their claim. A recent case out…
Nobody thinks about construction project funding until it’s time to get paid. Even then, most contractors don’t worry about it until payment is late. By being proactive and finding out how a project is going to be funded ahead of time, you can save yourself some payment headaches down the line. But what kind of proof of funding should you be asking for? How do you ensure that any funds the owner has are going…
As of March earlier this year, multiple mechanics liens have been filed against projects for two luxury hotels — Hotel Cerro and Hotel SLO — in downtown San Luis Obispo, California. Between the two properties, contractors claimed almost $12.5 million over the past few months. Although some of those debts have been settled, the hotels still face 10 liens in total. Most of the mechanics liens filed on Hotel SLO have been released, while all…
Since June 2020, at least two mechanics lien claims have been filed against an oil refinery plant owned by Husky Energy in Lima, OH, totaling $3.9M in unpaid construction work. Aside from the general contractor, at least one subcontractor has also placed a lien on the property that has been amended twice since April 2020. The latest lien placed on the facility, known as the Husky Energy Lima Refinery Company, was on June 23, 2020.…
The crumbled wreckage of the Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans still sits largely untouched on the site where it partially collapsed 10 months ago on October 12, 2019. Of the three workers killed in the construction catastrophe, the body of only one have yet been removed. 1031 Canal Development, the developer in charge of the hotel’s construction, now faces multiple mechanics liens from unpaid contractors, lawsuits, and backlash from the community, as well as…
Terminating a contractor on a construction project is a drastic step. Most construction contracts, particularly public works contracts, will have provisions concerning the steps, notices, and the right to cure under both termination for cause and termination for convenience. Failing to comply with these provisions can lead to some serious consequences under wrongful termination. The City of Puyallup tried to claim set-offs after wrongful termination of a contractor, without giving them the opportunity to…
What do Levelset and the hit Bravo TV show Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles have in common? For starters, we’ve both brought visibility to the construction of UnvarnishedCo’s mega-mansion development portfolio of 13 homes worth a cool $500 million. Scott Gillen, famous stuntman and director-turned-Malibu-developer, is prominently featured in the show’s July 7th episode. The episode shows him challenging Douglas Elliman realtor, Tracy Tutor, to come up with a marketing plan for…